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  • Car Accidents

    The latest posts for Car Accidents are listed below.
    • Teen Driver Mistakes: Top Mistakes Made by New Drivers

      With school and universities back in session, the fall months are sure to see a spike in the number of young and novice drivers on the road. Due to their inexperience, and perhaps their proclivity for risk taking, teens and young adult drivers face some of the greatest risks for accidents of anyone on public roads. If you have a new driver on your hands, it becomes important to ensure they know ...
    • 3 Things Auto Accident Victims Need to Know

      According to annual U.S. road crash statistics provided by the Association for Safe International Road Travel, about 2.35 million Americans sustain injuries in car accidents every year. But, what happens after these accidents? How do people recover compensation for their damages? After a person sustains injuries in a vehicle collision due to the recklessness, carelessness, or negligence of another ...
    • Study Finds Stoned Driving Accidents Increased After Pot Legalization

      According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, fatal car accidents have soared since the legalization of marijuana in Washington. Fatal crashes involving marijuana-intoxicated drivers more than doubled in 2014 over the previous year – which was the year before recreational marijuana was legalized in the state. With other states considering legislation to legalize pot (medical ...

    Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • Excessive Bail: What Are Your Rights?

      When a person is arrested and charged with a criminal offense, they are typically taken in custody to a local law enforcement station, where they will booked. After being booked, they may be held in a facility within the law enforcement station, or incarcerated in a county jail. Depending on the nature of the crime, as well as factors that include their previous criminal history, the individual ...
    • ALR Hearings: Important Information if You Were Arrested for DWI

      Driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) is a serious crime in the state of Texas, and it can subject drivers to a number of short- and long-term penalties that jeopardize their financial well-being, freedom, and future. In addition to criminal penalties that may include hefty fines, terms of imprisonment in a jail or state prison, and court-ordered DWI education courses, convicted individuals also face ...
    • Tips to Remember During an Arrest

      No one plans on being arrested, but because the experience has big implications for your future, it is important to understand your rights and what you should be doing when the unexpected happens. At Scott H. Palmer, P.C., our Addison criminal defense lawyers work with clients throughout the Dallas region who have had encounters with various law enforcement agencies. Given our extensive experience ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • Have You Been Wrongly Accused of Domestic Violence?

      Domestic violence is a serious offense and can incur some severe punishments that can impact your life forever. However, not everyone who is accused of this crime is guilty and it is important to know what steps to take next if you have been wrongly accused of this abhorrent crime. One of the most vital steps you should take is to seek legal advice immediately to set you on the right path and ...
    • Can I Get a Restraining Order Removed?

      In the state of Texas, two types of restraining orders are available – family violence protective orders and sexual assault protective orders – both of which are issued by a judge after a plaintiff files an application and proves that a legally defined form of family violence or sexual assault has occurred. These orders exist to protect victims of harassment, stalking, or abuse from further acts ...
    • Texas Woman Faces Criminal Charges After Family Dispute

      A family’s dynamic is often created by complex situations. Many people who love a family member may have difficulty getting along with him or her or making decisions together, as families are sometimes required to do. The result is sometimes a complicated situation that can simmer with conflict until it finally boils over. In such an incident, it is difficult for outsiders and strangers to fully ...

    Drug Crimes

    The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
    • Alternative Sentencing Options in Drug Crime Cases

      In Texas, the conviction of a serious crime involving controlled substances can lead to a sentence of imprisonment amongst other penalties and heavy fines. For this reason, the best option is to avoid conviction. If other options are exhausted and a sentencing is unavoidable, it may be possible for the person to make a persuasive argument in favor of a different penalty to minimize or completely ...
    • Federal Drug Charges Filed Against 20 in Texas

      Presenting a strong and aggressive defense is obviously crucial toward obtaining a positive outcome in court when one is charged with a serious drug crime. Typically, the chances of achieving a favorable result increase when a defendant acts along-side the guidance of an experienced criminal lawyer. In fact, it is advisable to request a meeting with an attorney as soon as possible after one has ...
    • Former Texas Teacher Indicted for Alleged Drug Offense

      Many people face legal challenges when accused of illegal drug activity in the state. A woman who was a former teacher in a Texas elementary school was recently indicted by a federal grand jury. Authorities say she is wanted for a number of reasons, including a drug offense and money laundering. The 42-year-old woman is apparently the sibling of three others who were charged in another drug ...

    Drunk Driving

    The latest posts for Drunk Driving are listed below.
    • Can I Get a DWI If I’m Driving Under the Legal Limit?

      Driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) is a serious criminal offense in the state of Texas, and those convicted of the crime face a number of serious penalties and consequences. These penalties, including possible terms of imprisonment and license suspensions, can also be elevated when aggravating circumstances are involved, including child passengers, accidents and injuries, multiple convictions, and ...
    • Many DWI Cases in North Texas May Be at Stake or Dismissed

      A recent news article states that thousands of DWI convictions in North Texas may be dismissed after a forensic analyst of Texas Department of Public Safety was accused of perjury. Claims made by lawyers state that this analyst may have handled up to 15,000 blood-alcohol testing samples that are now considered questionable. This issue was brought about after Dallas and Denton County attorneys ...
    • Texas Law Enforcement Prepares for DWI, Crime Enforcement During Halloween Weekend

      Texas authorities and officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are reminding the public of increased enforcement this Halloween weekend. Due to the historical rise in alcohol-related accidents and other crimes common during the holiday weekend, law enforcement will be focusing an increased presence on looking for and arresting impaired motorists, as well as others who might ...

    Federal Crimes

    The latest posts for Federal Crimes are listed below.
    • Guilty Plea in Federal Mail Fraud Prosecution

      A 40-year-old man from San Antonio, Texas, has pled guilty to a federal offense of mail fraud, in addition to aiding and abetting. At sentencing, to occur later, he will face penalties that could include restitution, a $250,00 fine, and up to 20 years of incarceration in a federal facility. Federal prosecutors claimed that over a one-year period, the defendant created and sought payment for ...

    Felony Crimes

    The latest posts for Felony Crimes are listed below.
    • 3 of the Most Common Fraud Charges

      Crimes involving fraud are forms of theft that occur when an individual or entity takes or uses money or property for their own gain. Generally, fraud crimes involve subterfuge, deceit, or abuse of a position of trust, distinguishing these acts from robbery or theft. Fraud occurs most commonly in the following forms: Credit Card Fraud: This occurs when an individual takes another person’s credit ...
    • How to Build a Strong Defense when Charged with a Felony in Texas

      Being investigated for a serious crime, such as capital murder or a violent assault, means that the court will be making decisions that can potentially impact the rest of your life. Building a strong defense is often the key to obtaining a positive outcome in court. There are many aspects of the law and the legal process that must be considered when determining how best to proceed if charged with ...
    • What to Do When Charged with a Felony in Texas

      When a person is accused of a criminal offense in Texas, he or she can invoke his or her right to remain silent until given an opportunity to speak with legal counsel in the matter. When charged with a felony, it is often prudent to seek guidance from a criminal lawyer before answering questions from law enforcement agents. Depending upon the details of an individual incident, a person may or may ...

    Juvenile Crimes

    The latest posts for Juvenile Crimes are listed below.
    • How Long Will a Juvenile Crime Stay on My Child’s Record?

      Parents whose children have been arrested and convicted of a crime are rightly concerned about their child’s criminal record. Juvenile records in Texas are not confidential, and they are not automatically sealed when the child turns 18 years of age. Because a record isn’t sealed, it can be read by law enforcement agencies, probation officers, prospective employers, education institutions, and ...

    Misdemeanor Crimes

    The latest posts for Misdemeanor Crimes are listed below.
    • 3 of the Most Common Fraud Charges

      Crimes involving fraud are forms of theft that occur when an individual or entity takes or uses money or property for their own gain. Generally, fraud crimes involve subterfuge, deceit, or abuse of a position of trust, distinguishing these acts from robbery or theft. Fraud occurs most commonly in the following forms: Credit Card Fraud: This occurs when an individual takes another person’s credit ...

    Murder Defense

    The latest posts for Murder Defense are listed below.
    • What Types of Defense Strategies are Used in Murder Cases?

      Criminal charges involving the loss of another life are among the most serious charges one can face. Because charges like murder and manslaughter pose some of the most severe penalties, it becomes essential for the accused to work with experienced criminal lawyers who can help them craft defense strategies tailored to the unique facts and circumstances of their case. While murder cases are not as ...
    • Young Man Facing Murder Charges in Texas After Holiday Party

      In Texas and beyond, some people are facing serious criminal charges related to incidents that occurred during recent holiday celebrations. Every person accused of a crime is advised to seek legal counsel before proceeding to court. The guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney is often key to a positive outcome, whether charges involve assault, drunk driving, or even murder . One young ...
    • Texas Man Facing Murder Charge for September Accident

      In Sept. 2015, a woman was traveling as a passenger in a car that was rear ended by another vehicle. Sadly, she died three days later from injuries that the examiner's office said were due to blunt force trauma in the Texas accident. The 29-year-old driver who was deemed responsible was charged with DWI-felony repetition. Since then, a murder charge has been issued against him. The man had been ...

    News

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    • Attorney Scott Palmer Named One of D Magazine's 2017 Best Lawyers

      Attorney Scott Palmer of Scott H. Palmer, P.C. is known throughout Dallas as a trial lawyer that continually strives for the utmost success. Recognizing both his drive and his achievements, D Magazine has announced that he has earned a spot on its 2017 list of Best Lawyers. This is not the first time Attorney Palmer has been named to this group. He was also included in 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012, ...

    Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

    The latest posts for Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect are listed below.
    • Do You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect?

      Most Texas residents have heard horror stories about nursing homes, so they are sensitive to this issue when looking for a home in which to put an elderly loved one. The problem is that it is not always possible to determine whether nursing home neglect is an issue while "interviewing" staff and taking tours. Families try to be diligent and make sure that their loved ones are well cared for, but ...
    • There Is No Excuse For Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

      Each year, numerous Texas families make the difficult decision to relocate an elderly loved one into a nursing home. The expectation is that the family member will be cared for in accordance with federal and state laws, at the very least. Unfortunately, far too many residents across the country suffer from nursing home abuse and neglect. Bed sores, unexplained bruises from falls and ...
    • No One Expects A Family Member To Suffer Elder Abuse

      As the population of the United States grows older, more Dallas families are having to make the difficult decision to move their elderly family members into nursing homes. You may visit several of them before making a decision that you hope will mean that your loved one is taken care of to the same standards you would provide if you could. Regardless of how diligent you are, there is no guarantee ...

    Personal Injury

    The latest posts for Personal Injury are listed below.
    • Does Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Decrease Vision?

      Motorcycle riders are among the most vulnerable individuals on our public roads and highways. With virtually no protection against passenger vehicles and trucks, motorcyclists face immensely high risks of suffering injuries in auto accidents, including catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, and death. As these risks are so pronounced, safety advocates across the nation have worked tirelessly to ...
    • Why Brain Injuries Need To Be Taken Seriously

      A brain injury is defined as any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. It can be a minor bump to the head or a penetrating injury. Regardless of how minor or severe the injury is, all brain injuries should be taken seriously, given the major risks they can pose to one’s health and well-being. If you have sustained a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you must seek the skilled and ...
    • Can a Brain Injury Cause PTSD?

      Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to greatly impact the lives of victims. While brain injuries are unique in their severity and consequences, they can result in significant issues involving a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. From mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, to moderate and severe brain injuries resulting in long periods of unconsciousness, the ...

    Premises Liability

    The latest posts for Premises Liability are listed below.
    • A Hot Tub Or Swimming Pool Accident Can Cause Serious Injury

      Hot tubs and swimming pools can provide hours of fun and exercise for their owners, family and friends. Texas residents who have friends with a hot tub and/or pool may often be invited over to spend time in and beside the pool. While a person's invitees are using the pool or hot tub, the owner of the home is responsible for their safety. If a hot tub or swimming pool accident occurs, the homeowner ...
    • Strong Supervision Of Kids In Pools Highlighted This Month

      Swimming pools provide unending fun for children every summer. With the hot Texas summers, Dallas parents look for ways to let their children have fun in the water yet safety concerns always abound. From pool drain entrapment to drowning, a swimming pool accident can happen in the blink of an eye and can result in serious injury or even death. Across the nation, we are halfway through the 10th ...
    • Deadly Explosion In Texas Was Avoidable

      Public safety encompasses many things, including the right to know the location of materials that could be potentially hazardous to the community. Texas residents living in close proximity to toxic or explosive devices or compounds are at risk daily if an accident occurs. Emergency personnel are also at great risk if they are unaware of the location of these substances because they take the chance ...

    Product Liability

    The latest posts for Product Liability are listed below.
    • Defective Product 101: Types of Product Liability Claims

      Consumers purchase things they believe to be safe, often because it is assumed product manufacturers have reportedly done testing, followed protocol, and informed consumers of any potential risks or dangers. Unfortunately, as we have seen for many years and among many different types of products, dangerous products can still find their way into the marketplace, where they can cause serious harm to ...
    • Manufacturers Should Be Held Liable For Defective Products

      Anytime Texas residents purchase a product, they expect it to work properly and be safe. Defective products can lead to serious injuries -- or death in some cases. Manufacturers, distributors and even sellers of these products may be held liable for any serious harm that comes to consumers because a product does not meet current safety standards. In order to meet those standards, manufacturers are ...
    • Dangerous Toys And Other Defective Products Can Harm Children

      Texas parents typically do everything they can to protect their children from harm. This includes being particular about the toys and other products they bring into their homes. Unfortunately, there are dangerous toys and other defective products out there that, no matter how much research parents do, could end up harming their child. Some products look good on paper but, if they were improperly ...

    Scott Palmer

    The latest posts for Scott Palmer are listed below.
    • Attorney Scott Palmer Named One of D Magazine's 2017 Best Lawyers

      Attorney Scott Palmer of Scott H. Palmer, P.C. is known throughout Dallas as a trial lawyer that continually strives for the utmost success. Recognizing both his drive and his achievements, D Magazine has announced that he has earned a spot on its 2017 list of Best Lawyers. This is not the first time Attorney Palmer has been named to this group. He was also included in 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012, ...
    • Overcoming Legal Challenges for Drunk Driving Charges in Texas

      Texas motorists accused of alcohol-related offenses may feel embarrassed and anxious about their situations. Depending on the circumstances of an individual case, drunk driving charges can pose significant legal challenges to those who stand accused. It is typically helpful to enlist the assistance of an experienced trial attorney before heading to court. Attorney Scott H. Palmer has provided ...
    • Federal Drug Charges Filed Against 20 in Texas

      Presenting a strong and aggressive defense is obviously crucial toward obtaining a positive outcome in court when one is charged with a serious drug crime. Typically, the chances of achieving a favorable result increase when a defendant acts along-side the guidance of an experienced criminal lawyer. In fact, it is advisable to request a meeting with an attorney as soon as possible after one has ...

    Sex Crimes

    The latest posts for Sex Crimes are listed below.
    • Man Faces Charges Involving Sex Crimes After Girl Gets HIV

      If a person is charged with a sex crime, the person’s reputation may quickly become tarnished -- and so could his or her hopes of having a normal life going forward. However, individuals accused of committing sex crimes reserve the right to defend themselves against these serious allegations. One man in Texas might be incarcerated long-term after police said he infected a girl who is 15 years old. ...
    • Child Porn Allegations Taken Seriously in Texas

      Criminal accusations of any kind can damage a person's reputation. When allegations include sex crimes and child pornography is mentioned, many people cringe and feel uncomfortable just at the mention of the words child porn. Child pornography charges are very serious in Dallas as offenders convicted of possessing, creating or selling child porn can face years in prison and become a registered sex ...
    • Sex Offender Registry Surprisingly Overbroad

      The popular image of the sex offender registry is that it is an attempt to protect vulnerable members of the public against highly dangerous and violent sexual predators and rapists. Being on a sex offender registry is often for life and can bar a person from various jobs, professional licenses, being able to live in certain locations, and a host of other sanctions. Yet who gets placed on the sex ...

    Theft Crimes

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    • Theft Crimes & Penalties Under Texas Law

      The state of Texas takes criminal offenses involving theft, or larceny, very seriously. While charges and penalties can range widely depending on the unique facts involved, all theft crimes have the potential to result in severe and even life-altering penalties, including hefty fines and terms of imprisonment. Additionally, having a theft crime conviction on your record can make it difficult to ...
    • 3 of the Most Common Fraud Charges

      Crimes involving fraud are forms of theft that occur when an individual or entity takes or uses money or property for their own gain. Generally, fraud crimes involve subterfuge, deceit, or abuse of a position of trust, distinguishing these acts from robbery or theft. Fraud occurs most commonly in the following forms: Credit Card Fraud: This occurs when an individual takes another person’s credit ...

    Truck Accidents

    The latest posts for Truck Accidents are listed below.
    • Dash Camera Footage Captures Gravel Truck Accident

      Dash cameras are most often used by law enforcement agencies here in Texas and elsewhere in the country to document traffic stops and/or pursuits and create a record for anything it might see. On occasion, they record events that the driver never intended to capture, such as collisions. For instance, on a recent Friday morning, a dash camera captured footage of a gravel truck accident in which ...
    • Truck Accident Takes The Lives Of Soldier And His Family

      The members of our Armed Forces are ready and willing to put themselves in harm's way for their country. One of those soldiers fought for this country and was fortunate enough to make it home. As he and his family drove through Texas, they may have felt that the days of putting his life in danger were over. Unfortunately, there was no way they could have anticipated that a truck accident would ...
    • FMCSA Proposes New Rule Regarding Trucking Industry

      The federal government puts very strict regulations on commercial truckers when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Failures by truckers to follow such rules can make the roads a very dangerous place. Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regulatory proposal aimed at making it easier for trucking companies to determine if a potential hire for a safety-sensitive position, ...

    White Collar Crimes

    The latest posts for White Collar Crimes are listed below.
    • Some Criminal Charges Involve White Collar Crimes in Texas

      When people refer to "white collar crimes," they typically mean non-violent activity of a fraudulent nature, carried out for financial gain by business professionals or government workers. Facing criminal charges of this sort in Texas can result in very serious consequences should a conviction be obtained. In fact, just being accused of such things can have a long-lasting negative effect on a ...
    • Guilty Plea in Federal Mail Fraud Prosecution

      A 40-year-old man from San Antonio, Texas, has pled guilty to a federal offense of mail fraud, in addition to aiding and abetting. At sentencing, to occur later, he will face penalties that could include restitution, a $250,00 fine, and up to 20 years of incarceration in a federal facility. Federal prosecutors claimed that over a one-year period, the defendant created and sought payment for ...
    • Texas Resident to Serve Prison Sentences for Ponzi Scheme Convictions

      According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a Texas man and woman will pay millions of dollars in restitution and serve time in federal prison for allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded over 100 people out of around $10.6 million. The 43-year-old man who investigators claim started the scheme was sentenced to 40 years in prison while the 49-year-old woman who allegedly assisted him ...

    Workers' Compensation

    The latest posts for Workers' Compensation are listed below.
    • Death In The Workplace: Dangers Take Many Forms

      Most people don't think about dying when they go to work. To be sure, there are some jobs, such as law enforcement, where the possibility of violence is constantly present for many workers. And the fatal shooting of an airport security worker two weeks ago was a reminder that workplace fatalities can occur in many different ways. For most jobs, however, the thought of dying in the workplace is ...

    Work-Related Injuries

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    • Texas' Oil And Gas Workers See More Workplace Fatalities

      According to a recent study, oil and gas workers in Texas are killed on the job more than those in any other industry. The Houston Chronicle analyzed data from five years worth of fatal accident reports by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The study did carry some good news: overall, workplace deaths in the state have declined since 2007. However, Texas' oil and gas workers have ...
    • BLS Report Ranks 2011'S 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

      Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on occupational injuries and illnesses. The report calculates injuries and illnesses to gauge workplace safety trends, identify dangerous industries and track progress in preventing workplace injuries. The survey measures injuries and illnesses by the number of workers affected per 100 full-time workers. For example, data ...
    • Workers' Compensation In 2010 And Third Party Claims

      Anyone who has ever filed a workers' compensation claim knows how cumbersome the process is. And then, workers' compensation typically covers just medical bills and lost wages. In 2010, many noteworthy events happened in this area of law. Some of these events may impact the potential success of future claims that are filed, as described below. But often employees are injured by the act of a third ...
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